Apple launches the Ipad

Apple (AAPL) new iPad, a lightweight device that browses the Web and delivers media, may serve as an alternative to netbooks and pose a threat to PC makers.

While the iPad is not a full-fledged PC, it's capable of handling many of the tasks consumers deem important in netbooks, stripped-down notebooks that have surged in popularity in recent years. In a lightweight package, the iPad provides access to e-mail, the Internet, and digital media such as electronic books. The cheapest version of the iPad will sell for $499, compared with about $400 or less for many kinds of netbooks.

Yet again, apple innovates and the world is wow'd i like the look and the features though i wonder when will see on here in Kenya.

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Ethipian Airlines plane crash

An Ethipian Airlines flight from Beirut,lebanon crashed right after take off in the Mediterranean sea with 90 people on board. According to the Daily Telegraph the plane, said to be a Boeing 737, disappeared off the radar shortly after takeoff. An airline official said contact was lost about 45 minutes after the early morning departure. About 50 of the passengers were Lebanese nationals, most of the others were Ethiopians, airline sources said. There were thought to be seven crew members.

Read the full article here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopia/7068288/Ethiopian-Airlines-plane-crashes-into-Mediterranean-sea.html

its no wonder Africa is always mis-reported!!

Well i guess with this kind of reporting Nairobi will always be viewed as some God forsaken third world outpost thats more dangerous than…hmmm New York. Clearly now i see why the situation in Kenya is always mis-reported. My query would be since our security is so bad how comes so far we have never been bombed by Al Shabaab?

I live in Nairobi, Kenya and if it wasnt for the entry of this Sheikh which can be attributed to a lapse in our immigration we wouldn’t be having this particular conversation. I guess Nick Wadhams needs to admit it, the only reason the folks at UN dont want the classification to go up is so they can continue fleecing the UN by living in such a hardship city like Nairobi, when we actually know the truth, they just wanna live large.

here is Nick Wadhams blog post

Well, maybe Nairobi isn’t so great
Well, maybe the U.N. folks who are so upset about Nairobi being upgraded (or downgraded) from a C-level to a B-level security post have good reason. Just in from AFP: Somalia’s Shabab (hardline Islamic militants known for stoning 13-year-old rape victims to death because they “committed adultery”) have vowed to march on Nairobi.

It is impossible to tell how much of this is braggadocio and how much of it is a legitimate threat.

get the rest here – nwadhams.typepad.com/nwadhams/2010/01/well-maybe-nairobi-isnt-so-great.html

i do agree with Njoki Karuoya’s view…on radical Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal

I now understand why no other country wants to be even a mile close to radical Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal if his mere presence is enough to incite a country’s citizens to fight, maim, even kill each other and destroy property worth millions, threatening the economic livelihoods of its people. If I was a foreign ambassador residing here, I would by this time have warned my President, peers and Cabinet colleagues not to even entertain the thought of allowing Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal to transit through my home country on his way to whichever destination Kenya finds. I would send video images of the violence that rocked Nairobi’s Central Business District to demonstrate why this fellow is one of the most dangerous in the continent.

Even his own people don’t want him. His Muslim countrymen are wary of his beliefs and no longer allow him to preach to the faithful, yet some misguided brothers here eagerly gave him audience and went home thinking al-Faisal was a sane man.

Sensitive matter

Now these same misguided brothers have threatened to fight, maim and kill more innocent souls under the guise of a ‘peaceful protest march’, and we all know how these ‘demonstrations’ turn out in Nairobi, a city that has a large number of idle men. And the most the Government can do is look confused and overwhelmed in its handling of this ‘sensitive’ matter that pits its ministers against a radical preacher who strolled into Kenya through ‘a hole in the fence’, if I may borrow the words of Kiss FM presenter Caroline Mutoko.

This country always finds millions to pay for unplanned activities that often involve parliamentarians. How come it has become extremely difficult to put this persona non grata Jamaican in a Kenya Airways plane, together with a few security officers to enjoy the ride, and fly him back to his mother? I sure hope Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula does not eat his words tomorrow and that he deports al-Faisal successfully, immediately because we sure don’t want him around.

The Government’s dillydallying prompted opportunists to creep from the woodwork and use the grave situation to gain notorious fame under the banner of ‘human rights activists’. Human rights my foot! Since when did the rights of one unwanted foreigner supersede those of Kenyans? Why didn’t Al-Amin Kimathi (before his arrest), Hassan Omar Hassan and their cronies speak out on behalf of the hundreds of Kenyans who comprise Muslims, Christians, Hindus, traditionalists and others, who were inconvenienced, hurt or lost property over last Friday’s clash?

She does have a point. At least until this part of the article.

A new Constitution for Kenya

Well members of the PSC- Parliamentary Select Committee are holed up in Naivasha deliberating on the new constitution and the things they want to keep in the draft and those they want to remove. They have removed quite a bit including the clause that would have been thought to give gay marriage or gay partnerships leeway to start a family.

Well what i dont understand is why we need 325 Mp’s, seriously we have 222 and already they are causing all sorts of problems for us. And with such a large number of MP’s are we also going to create an oversight authority. We have seen first hand what 222 MP’s can do all to enrich themselves, so how much more damage would 325 mp’s do?

I might not be a legal expert but i really wonder how impartial the PSC is on the matters of the constitution and how will such a draft fair in the referendum. I dont think i will be voting for a constitution that proposes and increase in MP’s, coz thats just more wasted money going down the drain.

Africa is not one country

This is a beautiful article which highlights what alot of people have been saying about Africa not being one country in light of the attack on the Togo team bus in Cabinda. As foreign media were shouting themselves hoarse asking whether World Cup should be moved due to security concerns.

http://www.bizcommunity.co.ke/Article/410/15/43723.html

‘Africa is not one country’
By: Justice Malala

On Friday, 8 January 2010 three members of Togo’s football squad were killed in a machine-gun attack on the team’s vehicles in northern Angola. The team was in the country to participate in the African Nations Cup.
The attack received international media attention, with footballers across the world stopping to observe minutes of silence in honour of the fallen team members. The Togo team left Angola a few days later, foregoing the tournament.

Within hours of the attack, a massive explosion of questions began to be raised about the safety of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa. Journalists and football administrators across the world suggested that the South African football spectacle would be equally unsafe and some even toyed with the probability of not attending at all.

In the days since the attack South Africa’s 2010 local organising committee has gone out of its way to reassure fans, footballers and administrators about the safety of South Africa. Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the committee, asked: “Why are we being asked to explain ourselves when the incident took place in another country thousands of kilometres away?”

Jordaan’s comment reminded me of an article written by celebrated Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina and published by Granta magazine in 2005. In the third paragraph of the piece, titled “How To Write About Africa,” he says:

“In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn’t care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.”

So what is happening here?

Once again, the massively huge African continent is being reduced to one dark mass – and all of it is dangerous. Instead of looking at the Angolan incident, isolating it and studying it, once again one incident in a remote part of one African country is being held up as the whole continent.

It is a tragedy that this is happening. I am the first to admit that South Africa has its problems. When Thabo Mbeki was in charge of South Africa, I voiced doubts about hosting the World Cup here. My reasons were clear and specific. Mbeki had said South Africa does not have a crime problem and that it was our “perception” that there was.

Fortunately, the Jacob Zuma administration has explicitly said crime is a problem and it is now in the process of instituting some serious measures to curb this scourge. The route to solving problems, as Zuma is ably demonstrating, is to admit that they exist in the first place.

So what does a shooting in a formerly war-torn country such as Angola have to do with South Africa, really? Over the past four weeks the England cricket team has been touring South Africa. The nation was at a standstill, glued to the screen. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happened to that team or the thousands of visitors who came here to watch them play.

Last year South Africa hosted the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, with games played in all our major centres and global television coverage. Not a single violent incident was recorded, and the organisers were so impressed with everything from security to infrastructure that they have expressed keenness to repeat the staging of the event here.

Last June South Africa hosted a successful FIFA Confederations Cup which was won by Brazil after an unexpectedly inspired showing by the United States, which went to the finals. Participants included countries as diverse as Spain, Egypt, Iraq and New Zealand. There wasn’t a single major incident, leading to FIFA declaring that there was no plan B to take the 2010 World Cup to any other country.

The hysteria over the Angola shooting needs to be looked at in this context. Africa is a massive continent, made up of numerous countries of diverse cultures and problems – many unique to their locales. It is not one thing.

A shooting in Angola – clearly motivated by separatist tendencies in one region and by a single grouping – is absolutely and totally unrelated to the staging of a football tournament in South Africa. As Wainaina’s article suggests, such hysteria exposes commentators’ underlying and unsubstantiated fears about Africa.

The time for these are past.

What now? Writing from here on the southern tip of this beautiful continent, all I can say is that I have never seen a country and a people look forward so much to anything in their lives. Our economists speak of the expected fillip to our economy when the world arrives here. Our politicians are pulling up their socks. Our workers are intensifying their efforts to finish various infrastructure projects.

South Africa is waiting, and is determined to stage a successful tournament. This place is nothing like Angola, and should not falsely be equated with that country.